So instead of spending tons of money painting your new space, my husband and I have been painting one wall in the living rooms of our rental places to give it a cosy feel. This living room we have has a wall that I think was panelled so it has some pretty awesome lines going down. I usually pick a tone that works with the beige/white/eggshell that our places usually have. With neutral couches and dark side tables and such. So it makes it easy to match things to it.
I found some bargain bin pillows for $2.00 each (not secondhand), and BAM. Cheap and easy way to make our place feel like home.
Here are a few photos of the fun.